Archive for the ‘Independent Contractor’ Category

Agencies continue to focus on companies using temp workers.

Department of Labor Sets Broad Definition of Joint Employer

Employers who contract out for services are increasingly being held responsible by enforcement agencies for wage and hour and other labor violations. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new joint employer guidance in an attempt to hold more companies responsible for workers they may hire indirectly, such as when a company uses a […]

21 Jan 16 - Independent Contractor - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Misclassification Lawsuit Moves Forward for Uber Drivers

Yesterday, a California federal judge granted class action status to Uber drivers who claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors and denied tips that they were entitled to because they were in fact employees. Class action status means the employees can proceed as a group instead of having to litigate individual claims. San Francisco-based ride […]

2 Sep 15 - Independent Contractor - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Investigating the Independent Contractor Relationship

Federal and state agencies continue to pay close attention to the independent contractor employment relationship – and not the type of attention that’s good for employers. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) allege that many employers misuse the “independent contractor” title to circumvent wage-and-hour laws. A five-year […]

21 Jul 15 - Independent Contractor, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Labor Commissioner Rules Uber Driver Is Not An Independent Contractor

As HRWatchdog has previously reported, San Francisco-based ride service Uber has faced lawsuits from drivers claiming they were misclassified as independent contractors. The California Labor Commissioner recently ruled in favor of one Uber driver finding that she must be considered an employee. The driver sought unpaid wages and business expenses; she was awarded $4,000 in […]

19 Jun 15 - Independent Contractor - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

FedEx Agrees to $228 Million Settlement in Independent Contractor Case

In a closely watched case, FedEx recently announced that it reached a $228 million settlement with drivers in a class action lawsuit filed in federal court in California. The settlement was announced in a regulatory filing.  According to executive vice president and general counsel Christine P. Richards, “FedEx Ground faced a unique challenge in defending […]

16 Jun 15 - Independent Contractor - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »